DailyDirt: Robot Scientists

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People are usually pretty quick to admit that artificial intelligence programs are better than most humans at solving a lot of math problems. Human scientists have generally been needed to interpret data and make conclusions, but AI software could be catching up with scientists by coming up with their own hypotheses and conclusions. Here are just a few examples of programs that might be writing up their own PhD dissertations someday. By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Tom Landry (profile), Jan 17th, 2012 @ 6:01pm

    Michael, just to drop a quick note of appreciation for your piece here on the site each evening. Its one of the few things I look forward to after the daily burnout of politics and vapid "entertainment" news on many mainstream sites.

    Carry on ;)

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 17th, 2012 @ 6:26pm

    I read another interesting article about Eureqa a while back:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/robot_invasion/2011/09/robot_invasion_can_computer s_replace_scientists_.single.html

    It's part of a series on humans being replaced by computers, so it focuses more on the part where Eureqa solved a problem and nobody could figure out how the solution worked.

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    Rekrul, Jan 17th, 2012 @ 6:38pm

    Adam is the first automated scientist -- successfully developing a hypothesis, performing experiments, refining its hypothesis into a novel discovery.

    A newer version of Adam, called Eve, is sifting through some of Adam's data and looking to find her own discoveries about yeast genetics.

    Jeez, even in the computer world, women have to have the last word! ;)

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 17th, 2012 @ 7:32pm

    For more mundane tasks like finding the optimal set of rules to encode a video file you get mencgen

    mencgen is a Java application designed to explore the mencoder options space. Using a genetic algorithm, it tries to find out the options combination that give the best PSNR (Peak Signal to Noise Ratio) for a given file and a given bitrate.

    Genetic programming is cool.

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